"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." -- Elbert Hubbard, founder and editor of The Philistine and The Fra magazines, from "The Note Book of Elbert Hubbard" (1927).
Savoy was almost named Renaissance (deemed too long, according to founding E-in-C Roy Johnson).
Life was almost named Look. Other titles that were considered for the famed picture weekly included Pic, See, Showcase, and Dime. The last of those reportedly was founder Henry Luce's first choice until someone pointed out that he might someday want to raise the 10-cent cover price without having to change the name of his magazine.
"Only the unique vision of a singular editor can create a great magazine; and that editor never compromises. He is always convinced that nothing... is more important than his take on the world, not even the money that enables him to express it." -- Tom Wolfe in a tribute to the late Clay Felker, in California magazine
"It has always been a cause of wonderment to me why we editors are looked up to by some people and equally despised by others." -- An anonymous magazine editor, writing in the Nov. 24, 1900 edition of The New York Times. He was eventually identified as Hamilton Holt, longtime editor of The Independent and later the president of Rollins College.
... in 1922, John Kendrick Bangs, onetime editor of Harper's Weekly and literary editor of the old Life magazine, humorist, unsuccessful Congressional candidate, and pioneering fantasy writer, died at age 59 following intestinal surgery.
Also on this day, in 1952, William Shawn became editor of The New Yorker, a post he held for the next 35 years.
... in 1964, Sports Illustrated published what's generally considered its first swimsuit issue. The magazine's editors were motivated, at least in part, (or so they said) by the lack of cover-worthy sports news that time of year.